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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 5, 2013

Contact:
Karrie Carnes
305-809-4700 x236

NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
seeks advisory council applicants

NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for two alternates on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.

"Advisory council members provide important connections to the community, helping inform sanctuary management decisions," said Sean Morton, sanctuary superintendent. "Council members selected this term will play a critical role in helping shape the future of marine conservation during the sanctuary's marine zoning and regulatory review."

The sanctuary is currently accepting applications for the alternates representing the following seats: Boating Industry and Commercial Marine/Tropical Fishing.

Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and views regarding the protection and management of marine resources. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve three-year terms, pursuant to the council's charter.

The advisory council consists of 40 primary and alternate members representing a variety of public interest groups. It also includes primary and alternate representatives from 11 government agencies.

Applications are due March 6. To receive an application kit, or for further information, please contact Policy Coordinator Beth Dieveney by email at beth.dieveney@noaa.gov or by phone at 305-809-4700 ext. 228, or by mail at Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, 33 East Quay Rd., Key West, FL 33040. Application kits may also be downloaded from the sanctuary's website.

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects 2,900 square nautical miles of critical marine habitat, including coral reef, hard bottom, sea grass meadows, mangrove communities and sand flats, as well as shipwrecks and maritime heritage resources. NOAA and the state of Florida manage the sanctuary. Visit us online at floridakeys.noaa.gov or on Facebook.link leaves government site

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